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NJPW Kizuna Road 2018
Wednesday, Week 4, June 2018
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
2,250 Attendance
Show Rating 88 B+




Ren Narita defeated Tetsuhiro Yagi in 5:02 when Narita used a Boston Crab 57 C-



Juice Robinson, Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima defeated Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Katsuya Kitamura & Tomoyuki Oka in 6:35 when Juice Robinson used Pulp Friction on Oka 74 B-



Naoya Nomura & Takuya Nomura defeated KUSHIDA & Shota Umino in 8:57 when Naoya used a Death Valley Driver on Umino 82 B



KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, WALTER & Kaito Kiyomiya defeated Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, SHO & YOH in 8:54 when WALTER used a lariat on YOSHI-HASHI 77 B



G1 Climax Blocks are announced - see end of post



Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & WHIRO defeated Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi in 10:54 when WHIRO used a Kiwi Krusher on Yujiro 83 B+



BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA defeated Kento Miyahara, Jake Lee & Daichi Hashimoto in 15:58 when SANADA used Skull End on Daichi 79 B
BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA makes defence number 2 of the NEVER Six Man Openweight Titles



Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin defeated Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto in 19:40 when Tanahashi used a Texas Cloverleaf to force Kazuchika Okada to tap out after Goto abandoned his tag partner during the match
93 A


Tanahashi debuted a new look for the match with a short haircut and much darker black based gear. When his music played the majority of the Korakuen crowd refused to join in with the chant of GO ACE! so he took it to the next level and took the hands of an audience member in the front row forcing them to clap along.

During the match Okada & Goto were in control and seemingly heading towards victory when Goto just stopped attacking Tanahashi in the corner of the ring and tagged himself out hopping down to the floor with an uninterested look on his face, from there Okada became distracted by his partner and was attacked from behind by Tanahashi.




Goto took out Gedo with a nasty powerbomb onto the edge of the apron while Tanahashi & Elgin teamed up to beat down Okada who was helpless alone in the ring in his first appearance in almost four months. Tanahashi took to a mic and demanded that the fans show him the respect he deserves. Tana began to explain his recent actions saying that it's something he should have done a long time ago dating back to Wrestle Kingdom where he didn't have a singles match for the first time ever but promised that would change next year after he wins the G1 Climax.


He mentioned that everything tonight went exactly to plan and was phase two of the Ace Restoration Project, bringing aboard another man in a similar situation to himself, Hirooki Goto. Goto took the mic and talked about how his career has been stagnant with no real upward trajectory for a while now and not even a move to join in 2016 helped too much. Goto said that when he was approached by Tanahashi about the potential partnership it was a no brainer as he still believes that he can finally hold the IWGP Title and that the pact he made with Tana to train and fight together will bring the best out of both men. Goto continued on by saying he understood and sympathised with Tana's words about being held back by others through no fault of his own noting that while Okada was away he was left swimming aimlessly given no reward and opportunities despite picking up win after win in tag matches outside of when he was screwed out of winning the United States title against Kenny in Los Angeles.

Block A

Bad Luck Fale [Bullet Club] | Hirooki Goto [A.R.P] | Jeff Cobb [Bullet Club] | Kazuchika Okada [CHAOS] | Kento Miyahara [NEXTREAM] | Naomichi Marufuji [Sekigun] | SANADA [L.I.J] | Tetsuya Naito [L.I.J] | Tomohiro Ishii [CHAOS] | Toru Yano [CHAOS]

Block B

EVIL [LI.J] | Hiroshi Tanahashi [A.R.P] | Jake Lee [NEXTREAM] | Juice Robinson [Taguchi Japan] | Kenny Omega [Bullet Club] | KENTA [Sekigun] | KUSHIDA [Taguchi Japan] | Togi Makabe [Sekigun] | WALTER [Sekigun] | WHIRO [L.I.J]
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